Planning your Middle Fork of the Salmon Trip

The Spectacular Middle Fork Salmon

Below is the essential information you need to plan your Middle Fork trip. In preparing for your trip, it is helpful to print out a copy of our Check List and Trip Details. If you are joining us on June, July, August 1 or 9, please go to that page for pre-trip meeting and other information.

Trip Meeting Locations

Trips scheduled for August 17, 25, and September meet in Boise or Salmon. If you are flying to Boise, the trip meets at the Best Western Vista Inn the evening before departure. We meet in the lobby at 7:30 pm. For reservations, call 1-800-727-5006. If you are driving, we recommend meeting the trip in Salmon the evening before departure. We meet at the Stagecoach Inn at 7:30 pm on the back lawn next to the river. Their reservations number is (208) 756-4251.

Trips that meet in Boise or Salmon require a flight to a landing strip next to the Middle Fork on the morning of departure. That flight is included in our trip fare. Guests are responsible for making flight arrangements from Salmon at the end of the trip. Flights from Salmon can be arranged with Sawtooth Flying Service, 1-800-798-6105 or with Gem Air, 1-208-756-7382.

Air Service to Boise

Name Website Phone
Southwest Airlines 1-800-435-9792
United Airlines 1-800-864-8331
Delta Airlines 1-800-221-1212
Alaska Airlines 1-800-252-7522
US Air 1-800-428-4322
Allegiant Air 1-702-505-8888

What to Bring

We provide just about everything you’ll need, including freshly laundered sleeping bags and, spacious, clean tents.

  • Sun Screen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Shirts for camp and to wear on-river
  • 2 pair of quick drying shorts or bathing suits
  • Baseball type cap
  • 1 pair of pants for camp
  • 2 pair of shoes for camp and boating (river sandals)
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Warm jacket
  • Polypropylene underwear, top and bottom
  • Rain gear (good quality)
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Water bottle with loop for attaching
  • Carabiner for clipping water bottle to boat
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Large Ziplock bags (for wet items & personal hygiene)

Optional items might include a paperback book, binoculars, fishing equipment (rods in protective cases), insect repellent and a fanny pack for hiking. Do not bring radios (iPod types are OK) or firearms.


Fishing on the Middle Fork is outstanding. You’ll need an Idaho fishing license. You can get one in Boise or Salmon before your trip or by calling Idaho Sports Licensing, 1-800-554-8685. Our fly fishing tips PDF has helpful information about fishing the Middle Fork.

On our Fly Fishing trips we use only boats rigged for fishing. Boats are set up so one person can fish from the front and one from the back.

Accommodations After Your River Trip

After lunch on the last day of the trip, our bus shuttles everyone to the town of Salmon. We usually arrive in Salmon around 4:00 p.m. Some guests enjoy spending the night in Salmon before flying to Boise the next morning. For lodging in Salmon, we recommend the Stagecoach Inn. Their reservations number is (208) 756-4251. In Boise, we suggest our meeting place, the Best Western Vista Inn.

Travel Arrangements at the End of Your Trip

Guests are responsible for flight arrangements from Salmon and should make reservations well in advance. Flights from Salmon can be arranged with Sawtooth Flying Service, 1-800-798-6105 or with Gem Air, 1-208-756-7382. Our bus usually arrives at the Salmon airport by 4 pm on the afternoon of our take-out.


Late summer weather is usually ideal on the Middle Fork but mountain rain showers are common. Typical daytime temperatures are in the high 70s. Evenings and early mornings can be chilly so bring a warm fleece type jacket and good quality rain gear.

For more information about a late August or September fly fishing trip give us a call, 1-208-756-8116.